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Mental Health Notes


A free biweekly newsletter published by CMHA Ontario, featuring mental health news and events.


To submit news for Mental Health Notes, send complete details to Submissions may be edited for publication. All submissions are subject to approval, and CMHA Ontario reserves the right to refuse any submission at its sole discretion.

December 11, 2015 Bounce back program launched by CMHA York and South Simcoe

Bounce Back from low mood, stress, anxiety with free, clinically-proven mental health program

bounceback web bannerJust in time for the holidays, the Canadian Mental Health Association is launching Ontario’s first free, clinically-proven, self-guided mental health program designed to help adults rebound from low mood and mild to moderate stress or anxiety.

December 11, 2015 NOJHL, CMHA branches launch Talk Today partnership; suicide-awareness, mental health training coming for 300 players

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The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL) and four local branches of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) are pleased to announce their partnership in Talk Today, one of the most comprehensive mental health education programs for amateur sports in Canada. Talk Today, is aimed at helping the 300 players in the NOJHL, as well as the individuals that support them, to identify mental health issues and address suicide.

December 11, 2015 Talk Today begins in Kenora high school

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Talk Today pilot provides mental health, suicide prevention training for student athletes at Kenora Catholic District School Board

Kenora Talk TodayThe Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Kenora Branch and Kenora Catholic District School Board (KCDSB) have joined forces on a pilot project to provide 75 high school student athletes with suicide prevention and mental health awareness training. The first initiative of its kind in Ontario, the project aims to create an open and non-judgmental environment where student athletes who may be struggling with mental health issues feel comfortable and confident seeking help.

December 11, 2015 Personal information to be limited as police checks act passed

In an effort to “protect public safety and strengthen individual civil liberties,” the Ontario government, with unanimous support from all parties, passed the Police Record Checks Reform Act on Dec. 1.

December 11, 2015 CMHA Ontario speaks out about discrimination

CMHA Ontario emphasized its stance on mental health accommodation and accessibility during an interview for a CBC story, which aired Dec. 7.

December 11, 2015 Advocates and athletes celebrate the launch of Enabling Minds

BetterServe_002In recognition of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, on Dec. 3 community speakers with lived experience and mental health accessibility advocates gathered to celebrate the launch of CMHA Ontario’s mental health accessibility website.

December 11, 2015 Give the gift of mental health this holiday season

Looking for a unique, meaningful gift this holiday season? CMHA Ontario is pleased to provide you with a special, stress-free way to acknowledge your loved ones during this festive season. Send a holiday tribute gift to CMHA Ontario and help provide hope to individuals with mental health issues and their families.

December 11, 2015 Changes to AODA Customer Service Standard and new Accessibility Certificate Program announced

gapThe Government of Ontario has announced two developments related to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). The first is the release of the final proposed changes to the Customer Service Standard under the AODA. The changes are based on recommendations made by the Accessibility Standards Advisory Council/Standards Development Committee in 2013 and 2014.  Comments from the public will be received until Dec. 31. For more information and details of the changes, visit the Service Ontario website.

December 11, 2015 Provincial HSJCC hosts a webinar on an innovative court discharge program

Eighty participants tuned in to a webinar on Dec. 7 to learn about a successful court discharge protocol implemented at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre (OCDC) and co-developed by CMHA Champlain East.

December 11, 2015 Coming Together on Supported Housing for Mental Health and Addictions in Ontario

Wellesley ReportThe Wellesley Institute prepared a report to guide policy and programs for supported housing for people with mental health issues or addictions in Ontario and the Greater Toronto area.